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Friday Finds: The YA Genre Can Come In Many Shapes and Sizes. Plus Book Blogger Hop

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Hello, my lovelies. I can’t believe it’s the end of August already. I’m back to work next week, where did the school summer holiday go?! In honour of seeing the kids again after such a long time, this week’s book recommendations are all young adult reads. But as my title confirms, I’ve found out that the YA genre seems to be all-encompassing.

Welcome to my Friday Finds post! If you don’t know what these posts are all about, I explain it all in my Friday Finds page here.

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I like being part of the weekly  Book Blogger Hop meme, hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict, so I’m doing it again today. You can read my answer to this week’s question at the bottom of this post.

So, here is a small collection of YA recommendations and book reviews written by some wonderful bloggers. I hope you find at least one young adult read to tempt you. (In no particular order.)

Slay by Brittney Morris reviewed by All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

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Sarah is a BIG fan of all things historic and although her passion is non-fiction she does get lost in a novel from time to time. I like her writing style and find her posts easy to read and always enjoyable. Sarah waxed lyrical about this #OwnVoice young adult read, saying: “I could not put this book down and finally must’ve fallen asleep sometime after two or three because I woke up a few hours later with the book open over my face. Then I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and finished the book because it is THAT. DAMN. GOOD. There were many strong characters aside from Kiera. In closing, this book is fucking phenomenal. It would make an equally as great movie, which I hope becomes a thing.


The Bookwyrm’s Den recommends Raybearer (Raybearer, #1) by Jordan Ifueko

Book cover for Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Sammie thinks of herself as a creator—of worlds, people, and sometimes bad ideas. When she’s not doing those things, she says she’s preventing her husband and offspring from destroying the planet and everyone in it. Sammie is a great book blogger; her personality shines through and I love her energetic posts and book reviews. She loved this YA fantasy novel, giving it her top marks (5 Dragon Eggs), saying: “The first chapter was a little rocky to me, because I felt like I was thrown into a world that I had no grounding for, with no explanation. However, things quickly got going, and because Tarisai herself had never seen the greater world, the reader gets to discover the world with her. The big hook comes at the end of chapter 2, and from then on, I couldn’t put the book down! I can’t wait for the sequel.


The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger reviewed by Twirling Book Princess

book cover for  The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger

Mehsi lives in the Netherlands and is a self-confessed bibliosmiac. (She loves the smell of books, and sniffs them, even in public.) Mehsi reads and posts reviews about lots of genres, including Children’s and Middle Grade as well as comics and manga. Other than reading, she loves watching anime and gaming. Mehsi really enjoyed this school set young adult read, saying: “A fun book, though if it wasn’t for things like the Pledge and junior high I would have thought this was set in the UK. All in all, I need more of this series. Just a shame it is hard to find. I barely could find this one. Wish me luck that I one day find the rest of the series!


And on to my final reviews this week. A couple of lovely blogs that I haven’t been following for long. Therefore, they haven’t featured in a Friday Finds post before.

The Book Dutchesses raved about You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

book cover for You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Candyce & Isabelle are the bookworms behind The Book Dutchesses. They met online during a Throne-of-Glass read-a-long, realised they lived quite close and after some game nights (Marvel Legendary <3) they started their blog! Between the two of them, they read everything. Candyce read and loved this contemporary young adult read, saying: “You Should See Me in a Crown met all of my expectations and then some! I can’t wait until this author gives us more books. This book made me laugh and cry and hit me in all the feels.


All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace reviewed by Paperbacks and Pinot

book cover for All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Gaynor is a fellow British blogger who’s also married with two kids. She reads and reviews both independently and traditionally published books, she’s a huge gamer and admits to having a small Funko Pop obsession. 😉 She reads a variety of genres confesses that ironically that now she’s in her 40’s she can’t get enough of YA. Although young adult books are not my cup of tea, I love reading her well-written and balanced reviews. Gaynor really enjoyed this young adult fantasy, saying: “Wow. Well what can I say about this book other than I utterly adored every single page! If you want a dark and pacy YA read, full of pirates, mermaids and amazing magics, I highly recommend All the Stars and Teeth!


So, that’s my picks for this week. I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself. Who knows you may just find your next favourite author!

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Now on to the Book Blogger Hop (BBH) meme.

BBH was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 but ended on 31 December 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict relaunched the hop on 15 February 2013.

Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. There’s a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs and learn about new books. But also to befriend other bloggers and receive new followers to your own blog. Easy!

So this week’s question is:

Have you ever read a book that was suggested by another blogger?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Yes, I have actually, quite a few over the years.

  • Crystal @ Reading Between The Wines got me hooked on Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series. I’ve read every book Dianne’s written since.
  • Elaine @ Elaine Howlin brought Hailey Edward’s The Beginner’s Guide To Necromancy series to my attention as well as Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls series and her Jayne Frost series.
  • Kimberly @ Caffeinated Review put me onto Annette Marie’s The Guild Codex series as well as Cecy Robson’s Death Seeker series.

What about you? How big’s your list? 😉

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.

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I hope you have a great weekend. Please continue to be smart, stay safe and healthy. I hope you manage to read (or listen to) a great book, possibly even a YA one. 😉

Happy Reading!

Flora x

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(15) Comments

  1. You have excellent friends! I love Duvall and Edwards too. I am so glad I got you hooked on Cecy and Marie!

    1. Flora says:

      Yes, yes I do, Lol! Just waiting for Cecy to write another Death Seeker novel.

  2. I’ve heard really great things about Slay and You Should See Me in a Crown! Raybearer is new to me, but it has definitely piqued my interest. Happy reading!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. Flora says:

      All three have been popping up on my blog feed fairly regularly. Haven’t seen a negative review yet.

  3. I do, as well – mostly ARCs but I put a lot of books that are recommended and out already on my TBR.

    1. Flora says:

      Some many books: not enough reading time. 😉 Do you think you’ll ever get to the bottom of your TBR pile?

      1. I do not see that happening. I mean if I stopped blogging and stopped reading any new books – possibly, but I don’t plan on all that – so no. But I like having the choices there when I need them.

  4. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I love that you themed this one with the start of the school year Flora!

    1. Flora says:

      Ah, I aim to please, Sophie. 😉

  5. YA isn’t actually a genre, it’s an age category, so that’s why there’s sooo many great YA books to choose from. 😉 *cough*Which everyone should obviously read because they’re fabulous*cough*.

    Thanks so much for sharing my post! And with the blog hop question, I’m pretty sure my TBR at this point is 85% books other bloggers have shoved in my face and yelled, “READ THIS.” I don’t even know what happened. xD

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! YA = 14-18 right? Protagonist or audience? It seems every book is marketed as YA at the moment! 😉
      You’re welcome, Sammie. I love read your posts. x

  6. I’ve definitely read more than one book because of a blogger’s review. I’d don’t read a lot of YA, mainly because it doesn’t come my way, though I did post a review for one last week – The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

    1. Flora says:

      YA reviews are few and far between for me, but I follow a lot of blogger who love the genre.

  7. The summer holiday has flown, though it’s been such a strange year so far that I’m not sure how quickly we’ll settle back into a routine. I need to read some of those books I keep seeing recommended on blogs, I have some catching up to do on this one!

    1. Flora says:

      Yeah, I know what you mean, Louise. Easter and the summer have just blurred into one.

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